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Translation:an eye

June 26, 2017

82 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dods982738

It kind of looks like an eye


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnonymousDratini

The kanji for it 目kinda looks like a window


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rainiette

The eyes are the windows to the soul


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielGarr830049

The eyes are the windows of your face.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nkwk88

Actually it's the picture of an eye rotated by 90°.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nkwk88

This is how the world 目came to be.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TapMyUsername

No, the middle triangular part is the pupil(the part where you see someone's eye color), the lines off the top are the eyelashes, and the rest is the sclera(the white part)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimlg123

And what is the katakana form for it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feksander

メ, it doesn't mean "eye", though, you would only use it for it's phonetic value, as in "アメリカ" ( Amerika , "United States").


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YosifBambin

This is very confusing. If you're asking us for the meaning, shouldn't you give us the kanji? "め” is the hiragana for "me". It could be "eye" but it doesn't have to be.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lethal_gnome

This is the section of the course for learning hiragana though, so it doesn't really make sense to jump right into kanji


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MattDailisan

You have a point, but what other meaning would め have at this level of Japanese?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clintack

In all of the "match the pairs" exercises leading up to this, we've "translated" め as "me". It's "meaning" is the sound it represents. Suddenly, that's marked wrong with nothing to indicate that we're supposed to treat it as a word rather than a hiragana.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Duck665229

Why not think of this as a homonym?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael827661

But in these exercises they give you the sound with the audio so when they are asking for the translation of the symbol it is the word they are looking for not the sound representation. I just don't understand why they say "an eye." Instead of just eye. Sure in some specific context there would be "an" but not all.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matt367569

"I" (eye) am "me"


[deactivated user]

    Oh, like megane (or however it's spelled) being glasses


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SeanIsSugoi

    Yeah, Megane means glasses. I know this cause I spend most of my time using Google translate to name characters for roleplays.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

    Google Translate can be useful in very specific situations, but never come to rely on it. For Japanese in particular, Google Translate does a terrible job mostly due to context being so important in Japanese.

    Also めがね


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joelapagos

    The windows are the eyes of the house


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PrismVelocity

    And your eyes are the windows to your soul.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sum_Gai

    If the doorway is the mouth of a house is the mouth the doorway to the soul?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Animiles

    (There should be an image below)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StopCorona

    how did you do that


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateB.16

    There's a legend where the soul leaves its cage/body by the mouth...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniel513800

    Why is it pronounced differently when you tap the character and when it you tap the speaker? It sounds like ne ね when I tap the speaker and a definite me め when I tap the character.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mrcqm1

    Probably the speed at which the person is speaking? That's my best guess but meh. (See what I did there? :P)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wolfpupemi

    Its the same ,but i think she is saying it "harder" when you click the word vs when you just hear it with the blue button


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robin539971

    Is this word plural or singular?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s13579

    Both singular and plural. You can understand it in the context.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luzziernaga

    there's no singular nor plural in japanese


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sum_Gai

    Every noun in Japanese is like English nouns with a double vowel (deer, moose, goose, food). The singular form is also the plural form.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

    Sum_Gai That's the best way I've heard it put! Thank you!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielGarr830049

    Sorry to be "that guy", but the plural of goose is geese.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frankie9001

    Every time I see this, i can only think of the sharingan...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Delilah100

    Just remember the pretzel hope this comes in handy and I can talk to my banchan


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheCinnabu

    Is hiragana used to spell people's names?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Lin

    Yes, because many Japanese names are written in Kanjis, but the pronunciation of Japanese Kanjis is quite complicated, so if a person of a place has a name with uncommon Kanjis, hiraganas may be written on the top of Kanjis, in order to tell the reader how to pronounce them correctly.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/V2Blast

    Hiragana written above kanji to clarify the pronunciation is also known as furigana.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuolingoPr442871

    Only for japanese names, the other names like john are spelled with katakana (ジョン) jhon


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/esther837356

    Woo el hiragana es intersante ya que igual el kanji ;) me : ojos es plural o singular?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feksander

    ¿por qué no los dos?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davux

    It looks like an eye, and it sounds like the French word "nez" which means... "nose". Not sure if that's helping or confusing though.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/llawrence.920

    Mi: on its side, it looks like a curly M with an i on the side Me: looks like an eye with lashes! Look at 'me' etc. Nu: is a 'new' shape, looks like it's holding a u in the middle


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Milo714796

    You could think of "me" is like "I" - spoken phonetically as eye :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/izanami_goddess

    Ow 'Meh' Eye and looks like an eye, yes.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlueLinguist

    Why doesn't use the kanji???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

    First of all, love your profile pic <3

    Second, this is just the Hiragana section of Duolingo. They do add a little Kanji once in a while, but only slowly. Sometimes if you hover your mouse cursor over the word it will show you the Kanji for it but not always.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trinity189189

    め looks like an eye, or you can think of "May I?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RomanMarti352327

    mi mi and me are both eye?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

    目・め・me・"eye"
    耳・みみ・mimi・"ear"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feksander

    mimi (みみ) stands for ear


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laura592070

    Another word for i is me, so eye is me


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yuuzernaem

    You poked ME EYE


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nawm_D_Ploom

    OUCH! You hit me in "me" eye!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CommandThr

    Really should clarify if we should write this as "me" or "eye" in some fashion.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

    If the question says "Write this in English" or "Translate" it will want "eye" because "me" is not an english word, just a romaji transliteration (or well, not the intended one, it has a completely different meaning)
    You will only use "me" for め on the matching exercises or "what do you hear" questions.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichelleLe802011

    I remember because it kind of looks like an eye


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kacchan.exe3465

    can someone tell me what sound this makes? I left my headphones somewhere in my house and i can't play this outloud because im either at home or at school... but i cant play it bc my mom is weird and my school would hardcore disown me... help please


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

    It is romanized as "me", though note that this means it sounds like the English "may" since the "e" in Japanese makes an "ay" sound, not the English word "me".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NadiaLopez44064

    i typed "me" in my keyboard and it put me wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

    The question wants you to translate the word into English (eye)
    "me" is just a transliteration of the Japanese word into romaji.
    Unless you're referring to a "type what you hear" question. Those will require a hiragana answer for a hiragana question, romaji is not accepted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NilMarkas85

    Look up "the Jiahu symbols," then the Oracle Bone Script of China. If you really look at them in that order, then Hànzì, and finally Japanese Kanji, it all starts to make sense. For Western readers. There was a similar (in that they're both logographic xÞ) system used in ancient Europe to write Mycenæan Greek called "Linear B." So the system's not really -all that- alien if you consider that hehe


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BRUCE8527

    May I? 'Me' means eye. May I?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xxmicrowav

    I answered eyeball and was incorrect. Why, arent they the same


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

    目玉 "medama" is more commonly "eyeball"
    目 - eye 玉 - ball


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaptiveHostage

    My eyesight is meh✋


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielGarr830049

    Is it just me, or does the hiragana actually look MORE like an eye than the kanji? Hiragana: め Kanji: 目


    [deactivated user]

      ngl it looks like an eye


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbhayNathMalviya

      It speaks "May" istead of "NO."Please check and correct in this tool.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

      It's doing what it should then. め is "me" sounding like "may". A two-stroke hiragana
      "No" is の, a single-stroke hiragana

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